Each work is the result of a slow process of planning , building, tearing down and building up again. I use oil paint and sable brushes to create the images. I use razor blades and sand paper to break them down and reveal portions of earlier paint layers. This method creates a rich surface of color and texture that results in a painting with solid physical presence radiating an otherworldly quality. By using either antique mirror frames or hand built frames, I create a unique and dramatic context for each piece. A consistent narrative element is my desire to link the ordinary to the mystical.
My influences include Early American limners, the art of the Middle Ages, as well as religious icons. The faces in many of these portraits are partially obscured; this hide and seek refers to how revelation always comes to us incomplete in bits and pieces. In this way painting also becomes a form of inquiry into the hidden mysteries of life.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the honor of kings to seek a matter out. Proverbs 25:2